Bron’s Mexican magic and other food fun | I’m a slow cooker convert

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On Friday I had another hospital day except this Friday was very special. As part of my refresher training I got to attend a National Neisseria Network meeting and its gonorrhoea* day. It’s been five years since my last NNN meeting and I’ve especially missed my gonorrhoea and meningococcal meningitis/septicæmia friends. There were lots of hands shaken plus hugs and kisses with old friends. It was good to be back with mates.

I started the day with some avocado on toast

#breakfast Another creamy #avocado morning with #toast #yummy #yummylummy

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Because parking in Canberra is less than easy (to put it politely) I set off early to find an all day parking spot ($9). That gave me time to have a nice coffee at the Elk and Pea.  References to Elk and Pea in Yummy Lummy.

Good morning #coffee at @elkandpea while waiting for national gonorrhoea meeting to start 😃 #happy

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After a great day I went to have dinner with Bron at the Canberra Southern Cross Club.  References to Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison in Yummy Lummy.

I wanted a steak

#dinner with Bron #Steak #yummy

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Look at the unctuous Hollandaise sauce! It all sat on a bed of mashed potato.

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I didn’t need this but I wanted to try Hummingbird cake

#dessert hummingbird cake #yummy

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It wasn’t very good if I’m honest. I should have asked for baked cheesecake.

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I woke up on Saturday and decided I wanted an omelet

#breakfast gruyere and coon cheese omelet #yummy Good morning

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Yes that’s cranberry jelly because jam is good with anything (my personal motto). This was a Gruyere and coon cheese omelet with parsley (no meat).

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Grocery shopping is not complete without a flat white coffee at Gourmet Deli at Westfield Belconnen

Good morning. #coffee

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I bought a Status Quo CD at the supermarket. Don’t judge me.

Don't judge me Status Quo

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Coles have used a Status Quo song for their discount pricing. Many Australians believe the band has sold out.

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For my birthday Mum and dad got me a Myer gift card for $50.  [Myer on Twitter] I had every intention of buying a new toaster. I went past the slow cookers and saw this and couldn’t take my eyes off it.

Fast slow cooker

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In the last post I mentioned my shelf of shame

Shelf of shame

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I’m grateful to friends who saw no shame in having a shelf with tinned meat in it. Many of my former school mates do believe like me that SPAM is meat.

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Okay so this is where this post means the business. Last night Bron conjured some Mexican magic and made a splendid nay stupendous meal of chicken with mole sauce. Bron had made this before but last night’s meal was served with corn bread too.

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Corn bread out of the oven

Bron cooked corn bread #dinner #yummy

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It was beautiful

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Chicken with the chocolate mole sauce off the stove

Bron is cooking chicken mole #yummy #dinner

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Our meal was served with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream

Bron is cooking a Mexican #dinner tonight #yummy

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I ate mine as a tortilla

Bron made chicken mole. A #Mexican meal for #dinner #yummy #tortilla

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I ate three of these. This was the skinniest one 🙂

Bron made #Mexican chicken mole with #tortilla #dinner #yummy I ate many of these

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At the end there was a little salsa, guacamole and sour cream left over. Bron asked what should be done with it? What did you think I did with it?

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For dessert Bron made a David Lebovitz inspired Orange-Cardamon flan

Orange cardamom flan by @davidlebovitz Thank you Bron it was delicious

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Just so you know how good it looked served up. It was magnificent. Do you like the way it’s garnished?

Bron's chicken mole for #dinner #yummy

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Yummy corn bread

Bron's corn bread cut up #dinner #yummy

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I had a food baby after dinner. It was amazingly good. Thank you Bron. It was spectacular.

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Sunday was welcomed with avocado on toast again

#breakfast nice ripe #avocado on #toast #yummy

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I needed to buy food for the slow cooker, so why not have another coffee

Good morning. #coffee time

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Lunch was grilled coon cheese on toast

Grilled coon #cheese on #toast #lunch

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A blogger friend, viz., Hilah Johnson from Hilah Cooking asked what was coon cheese. Check it out at http://coon.com.au/index.html

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Today I used my new Breville Fast Slow Cooker for the first time. I’ve never used a slow cooker before.

I looked at a few on-line recipes as well as some of Bron’s and thought I’d do a pork curry. I ended up making it up as I thought about it. Bron convinced me not to go with a prepared packet mix.

I used the following ingredients:

Belly pork and pork forequarter chops ~1 kg
Onion brown 1
Green pepper corns 1 small tin
Water chestnuts 1 small tin sliced
Peanut paste 1 small container
Coconut milk 1 tin
Star anise 2
Chinese five spice a couple of good pinches
Brown sugar 1 tablespoon
Chinese broccoli as much as you like
Bok choy as much as you like
Carrots as much as you like
Potatoes 2 cut in quarters

I browned off the meat and onions and then added them to the bowl along with all the other ingredients plus some water. I locked the lid and set the cooker to six hours and waited.

#dinner preparation for the new slow cooker. Curry pork.

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#dinner will be ready in 6 hours Curry pork

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It may not look too flash but this pork curry was delicious. I have three containers in the refrigerator for work lunches this week.

It’s been a good few days in food. I hope you have a good week and enjoy eating.

* One of my favourite infections as a Clinical Microbiologist is gonorrhoea and more specifically, one of my favourite microorganisms is Neisseria gonorrhoeæ. I have a few microorganisms that are more favourite. Maybe one day I’ll blog about them. When I was working in the Northern Territory of Australia, I was really interested in gonorrhoea in Indigenous Australians and antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeæ.

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4 thoughts on “Bron’s Mexican magic and other food fun | I’m a slow cooker convert

  1. Never thought a post about food and gonorrhoea would be so amusing and fun! The Mexican magic looks delish but I must admit this post left me craving your avocado toast! 🙂

  2. Only someone in the medical field would say, ” I’ve missed my gonorrhoea and meningococcal meningitis/septicæmia friends” 😀
    You food looks amazing. Always makes me hungry!

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